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National Guard Orders Troop out of Manistee, Effective Immediately

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Local residents and families are upset at the National Guards new orders. The National Guards Bravo Troop has just been given notice that they will be transferred from the Manistee Armory to the Grand Valley Armory in Kent County.

This came as a surprise to Bravo Troops 68 soldiers who have called Manistee their home for decades. Budget shortfalls are to blame as the troop is also down in numbers by about 22 solders. This is devastating news to the families who have been living and working in Manistee their whole career. Bravo Troop also plays a part in Tight lines for troops, blood drives, 5k runs, and they even open their gym for sports practices.

For now the future of the Armory is uncertain. It may go unused or they may bring in another unit. What is certain is that the order is effective immediately. The troop is training at Camp Grayling for the next few weeks, so they believe the move will begin once they return.

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Wildfire Warnings Through The Weekend

Current weather conditions have the Michigan DNR releasing wildfire warnings.

Michigan sees an average of about 600 wildfires annually. Currently, strong winds, low humidity, dryness, and high heat have set the danger level at “high to very high” chances for fires statewide. This year has already seen an abnormally high number of wildfires according to the DNR; nearly 300 wildfires have already been recorded this year, while last year only about 150 had been recorded by this time.

The DNR is not allowing burn permits at this time, but campfires are still legal. If you are going to have a fire or grill-out, be sure all embers are COMPLETELY extinguished before left unattended. The DNR want to remind people that 9 out of 10 wildfires are humanly preventable. 

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Big Things Planned for the Final Weekend of July

With the month coming to an end, the final July weekend in Ludington will have something for everyone.

The weekly farmers market will begin downtown around 3:00 pm Friday, followed by The final Friday Night Live, including the annual “We Love Ludington” group photo. To be a part of the picture, find yourself around the Luddington Avenue and Robert Street intersection at 5:30 pm. This Friday will also be your last chance to compete in WMOM's Lip Sync competition.

Then, as we roll into August on Saturday, be sure not to miss the next installment of the Rhythm & Dunes Summer Concert Series. This week features Britain’s Finest, The Complete Beatles Experience tribute band. And don’t forget to make it out to the Old Engine Club and Tractor Show running all weekend in Scottville.

For more events and details, check out DowntownLudington.org and VisitLudington.com

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